Aviation Ground Specialist – Level 3

An Aviation Ground Specialist could work in a number of aviation environments, such as a commercial airport, military base / aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. Specialist roles, all focused around the arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft and maintaining an aviation operation, will include knowledge, skills and behaviours (KBSs) to complete complex aviation tasks and may include supervision of others to enable compliance with regulations through a safe, secure and effective aviation operation.

These functions may include loading and unloading of aircraft, Air Traffic Control (ATC), movement of aircraft and vehicles air side and the management of passengers both air side and land side. The functions all work as part of a combined team, within which communication with wider colleagues and other stakeholders is essential and the aviation operations specialist plays a key part part of a coherent operation. The core knowledge, skills and behaviours must be completed by all Ground Specialists, along with one of the five specialist functions.

The End-Point Assessment takes place at the end of the apprentice’s learning and development after a minimum of eighteen months ‘on-programme’ training and development, equating to a minimum of 20% of the apprenticeship as ‘off job’ training. The End-Point Assessment should only commence once the employer is confident that the apprentice has developed all the knowledge, skills and behaviours defined in the apprenticeship standard. It ensures that all successful apprentices have achieved the industry set professional standard for an Aviation Ground Specialist. 

Apprentice End-Point Assessment Journey

On Programme Learning – Minimum of 18 Months before End-Point Assessment. ELS support guide provided.

Gateway – After apprentices have completed their on-programme learning they should be ready to pass through ‘gateway’ to their End-Point Assessment. In advance of gateway, apprentices will need to have achieved Level 2 English, Level 2 Maths.

Assessments Scheduling – 4-6 weeks before End-Point Assessment.

Knowledge Test x 2 – The Aviation Ground Operation standard will be assessed by two 60 minutes scenario based questions consisting of 30 questions each, with the pass mark being 60% (18 out of 30). The first will be based on the core knowledge areas. The second will be based on the specialist function knowledge are being assessed. 

Practical Observation – ELS has designated 60 minutes for practical observation. The Apprentices will be observed completing one of the 3 scenarios for their specialist function in their workplace. The observation will assess key areas of the standard and allow the apprentice to demonstrate the maximum possible range of KBSs within the scenario used across both the core and their specialist function. Observation is graded by clear identification of observation requirements for Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Professional Discussion – The professional discussion is 60 minutes and, it is a structured discussion between the apprentice and End-Point Assessor to establish the Apprentice’s understanding and application of KBSs. focusing on how they have performed during the apprenticeship and their overall achievement of the standard. Professional discussion is not graded but must be successfully achieved.

Quality Assurance and Grading – To achieve a pass overall, the apprentice must achieve a pass in all assessment methods by meeting all the pass descriptors. To achieve a distinction overall, the apprentice must achieve a distinction in all assessment methods by meeting all the distinction descriptors. 

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